Rants and Raves

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My Madrid Walking Tour on Sidewalk Guide

My Madrid Walking Tour on Sidewalk Guide

Since last week, my Madrid walking tour “New Culture in Old Madrid: From Goya to Street Art” is available on Sidewalk Guide. So, if you are traveling or living in the Spanish capital… Read More

Periphany: An Ode to Peripheral Tourism

Periphany: An Ode to Peripheral Tourism

For most people, the travel experience has become more and more artificial and elusive even when sold as “authentic” and “off the beaten track”. Verbal tricks to camouflage… Read More

The King Is Dead, Long Live the King!

Wonderful Copenhagen Declares the End of Tourism as We Know It

Can an official tourism organization bid farewell to the era of tourism? It seems so as Wonderful Copenhagen did just that, announcing its strategy towards 2020 and beyond. Localhood for… Read More

Augmenting the Real World with Detour

Walking in the Streets of Barcelona with Detour

If travel is broken, Airbnb Trips is unlikely to “fix it”. Yet the analysis they do on their blog is largely agreeable. Certainly “travel has been replaced by tourism” and… Read More

Airbnb Trips and the Netflixization of Travel

Airbnb Trips

The travel industry seems to move in a straight line, driven by commercial needs and, supposedly, the desire to meet the wishes of the users. It’s in this context that… Read More